Gov. Daniel P. Malloy’s proposal to further consolidate Connecticut’s watchdog agencies under a political appointee’s oversight “should be recognized for what it is: a political power play,” Rosanna Cavanagh, executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition told a legislative panel in Hartford.
I understood the reaction, given the recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman killed 26 people at an elementary school, including 20 students, before turning the gun on himself. I could also understand the initial lack of information, given that officials were ensuring the safety of the area schools and students. However, as my reporters continued to do follow-ups on the “alert,” it became clear no further information would be made available, even as things returned to normal.
The case began to unfold as the Free Press prepared to publish its findings from a two-month investigation into state salaries. James Deeghan was the sixth highest paid state worker, three spots behind the governor and well ahead of the director of the Vermont State Police and his boss, Commissioner of Public Safety Keith Flynn.
By Aki Soga, editorial page editor, Burlington Free Press BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin had good reason to ask lawmakers earlier this month to take up legislation to improve public access to criminal investigation files. The governor has good reason to push for increased transparency to better enable the public to keep an [...]